Offen predictable, sometimes surprising, that's my river, that I generally court, which sometimes fills me with joy, sometimes afflicts me, but, always enchants me !
Taking its source at an altittude of 680 meters, on the top of the Climont, in the granitics Vosges, the Bruche runs during 78 km to its confluence with the river Ill, just before Strasbourg. Up to Dinsheim, it is classified in 1st category (salmonidae dominant). Rich in watery insects (baetis, rithrogena, ephemerella ignita, caddis..) it presents a succession of flats and currents, typical of the piedmont plains.
It is well populated with brown trouts, to wich are added white fish (chubs, daces, spirlin, bleaks, gudgeons..). From Heiligenberg, the graylings are well established and it contains some rainbow trouts. The trouts are not enormous there; a fish of 30 cm is a beautiful specimen (my personal record with the fly is 45 cm there), but they are wild, and defend themselves with vivacity and malignancy. The graylings commonly reach 30 cm and some specimens of more than 40 cm were already caught.
Where you can get fishing cards :
- For most of the fishing sectors, on the web: http://en.cartedepeche.fr/
-by fishing store FARIO :........ 34, grand rue,............67120 DORLISHEIM ......... tel: 0033 3 88 48 86 66 , . for the sectors of Muhlbach, Mutzig and Molsheim.
-by fishing store BRUCHE- NATURE: 13, route de Strasbourg ,.. 67130 SCHIRMECK ... tel: 0033 3 88 97 89 45 , .. for the fly-fishing course from Schirmeck.
-by fishing store NATURAMA, Zone de loisirs "Le Tręfle" 67120 DORLISHEIM. tél: 03 88 04 81 81. for the sector of Ergersheim-Dachstein-Wolxheim.
News: In 2nd category, if the water level is not too high, in a sunny day, even cold, I sometimes go "down the house", fish on some chubs. They are sometimes activated on the surface at the coldest time of the day. Catching a nice chub on a dry fly, or a nymph at sight is a rare and subtle pleasure on these cold days.
My last flyfishing session: 2017, On October 21, I found with pleasure the Bruche again, in Molsheim, 2nd category. (Photo 1) The weather was gray and rainy with strong wind gusts swirling the leaves over the water. A real autumn time. clear and low river, with some small Baetidae of 2nd generation coming from here and there. Not enough to generate a fish activity, because I saw only very few rises. By alternating dry and nymph over, I noticed that this little rain had nevertheless a positive effect on the fish, because I captured in 3 small hours, some nice fishes: 3 graylings, including 2 beautiful specimens (33 and 32 cm, see photo 2), a brown trout (see photo 3) and 2 chubs, including a very fine specimen (see photo 4), as well as some spirlin bleakers. The 3 most beautiful fish with nymph, on a TVC-2, the others with dryflies on TOT and KMM-2. A nice afternoon in the end, with this particular pleasure of finding the river less than 5 minutes from my home.
C.B.F. last news:
There are of course other interesting rivers for flyfishing in Alsace, like the Moder, the Eichel, the Sauer, the Giessen, or the Andlau in the Bas-Rhin, the Fecht, the Doller, the Ill, the Lauch or the Thur in the Haut-Rhin. But the Bruche is certainly one of the most beautiful.